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Thai PM has no objection to holding New Year countdown event


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Thailand’s Centre of COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has been assigned by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to discuss with businesses how a New Year countdown event can be held in a way which will not lead to a COVID-19 resurgence.

 

The prime minster told the media that he is pleased with the slowdown in new infections over the past several weeks which, he said, is a healthy sign and that the government is preparing to ease lockdown restrictions further, citing the New Year countdown event as one example.

 

He said that he has told the CCSA to try to conclude talks with the private sector about the New Year event within a week and that it must be held outdoors with measures taken to prevent a new round of infections.

 

Full story: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/thai-pm-has-no-objection-to-holding-new-year-countdown-event/

 

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The sublime and celestial Uncle is happy because the press has agreed not to photograph his distressingly mortal (and sadly dye resistant) bald spot.

 

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If he tried to sabotage that, it would kick in the countdown for his removal.

His announcement is of course what we in the real world refer to as 'damage control'. 

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4 hours ago, webfact said:

He said that he has told the CCSA to try to conclude talks with the private sector about the New Year event within a week and that it must be held outdoors with measures taken to prevent a new round of infections.

People will travel home this year and have smaller family get-together's.

The younger generation who want to party with friends will find a way to do it....

The PM may say's it's with his blessing, truth is he had no-way of stopping it.

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4 hours ago, daveAustin said:

Whatever is planned, guaranteed it will be mired in red tape and masses of regulations and be utterly crapola. Give up, general. Just go away; PLEASE!!!!

As with the Pattaya fireworks festival last weekend, where the mayor was quoted as saying “no alcohol will be allowed” … alcohol was present everywhere in large quantities and openly for all the police to see.  And so new years, as with everything else in Monty Python land, will be rife with many insensible rules that can be completely ignored.

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Positivity, well then "Why should he, he didn't stop it from happening last year".  You just could not drink to celebrate THE NEW YEAR n the rooftop locations here in Bangkok. Yet we still had cases trending upwards after the events.

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This takes me back to March/April last year, when he looked similarly smug and announced that the Great Songkran Travel Disaster would be allowed to go ahead. Just take the historical data from this year in the graph below, shift it so that 1st April on the graph is 1st January 2022, and probably double the number of infections, partly because they seem to increase with every wave (the authorities taking testing more seriously, perhaps?), and also by next year Omicron will be an established fact of life in Thailand, not something to be smugly denied. Small-scale New Year celebrations properly held should be reasonably safe, but more-or-less uncontrolled mass gatherings like the NY countdown are a Covid paradise.

 

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2 hours ago, shackleton said:

There's the guy trying his best and all I am reading is lots of Negative comments 

Let's have some positivity 

Always best to use a smiley when being sarcastic in the online world because people might think you are being serious. 

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9 hours ago, daveAustin said:

Whatever is planned, guaranteed it will be mired in red tape and masses of regulations and be utterly crapola. Give up, general. Just go away; PLEASE!!!!

More likely money orientated. It's about the only way this soldier posing as a PM knows.

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I wonder what odds I can get from a UK bookmaker about that actually happening?  🤔  Probably just a likely as the government rolling out Dr. Yong to announce imminent disaster if Thailand isn't locked down for New Years Eve.

Living in fear isn't living but it seems to be the preference of a large segment of today's population.

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